October 18 2023  |  Tech & Hardware

Spatial Audio joins Panasonic Avionics X Series and Next IFE systems

By Alex Preston

HEAR360's Spatial Sound provides listeners with immersive sound enhancing the viewing experience of IFE content

Advanced audio solutions provider HEAR360 Inc has announced it is bringing its Spatial Audio technology to Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 and eX3 systems, and all of the company's NEXT solutions installed on aircraft worldwide.

It is already supported by the Astrova IFE system, with deliveries scheduled to begin next year.

For passengers, it means the entire library of IFE content curated on these legacy X Series and NEXT systems will be presented in Spatial Audio in real time using HEAR360's proprietary audio technology, and can be enjoyed on any wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones or earbuds.

For airlines, it means there is no change to their media procurement processes or deliverables, as no special media encoding or file types are required, thereby ensuring no increase in their media spend.

"We look forward to building on our work with Panasonic Avionics to help set the standard for the next generation of IFE experiences and continuing to deliver on our value proposition – fully scalable cinema grade sound experience for all cabins without complicating or changing airline workflows," said Matt Marrin, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of HEAR360.

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